I had a scrap management epiphany when Bonnie K. Hunter visited the Lincoln Quilters Guild and explained her system of cutting scraps into squares of varying sizes. You can learn more about Bonnie at her website:
http://www.quiltville.com/. We (my hubby is also a member of the quilt guild) eagerly snatched up copies of two of her books.
She also authored a second book, Scraps & Shirttails II: Continuing the Art of Quilting Green, which is on my wish list, along with her 2012 book: String Fling: Scrappy, Happy and Loving It!
We also bought Adventures with Leaders & Enders: Make More Quilts in Less Time! How could we resist after reading this promo?
If you have ever found yourself paralyzed by your stash, overwhelmed by scraps you just can't bear to toss out, arm yourself with a new rotary blade for your cutter, make yourself a cup of tea and start reading. This book is not only full of beautiful scrap quilts that can be made in between the lines of other sewing, but also contains many ideas for getting your ever burgeoning scrap stash under control, into usable sized pieces that work well with one another, and ready to be sewn into quilts you've always wanted to make.
That was ME! I was paralyzed by my stash and overwhelmed by scraps I couldn't bear to toss out.
I have also read books by Joan Ford. She dubs her scrap management system "Scrap Therapy." Her leading book on the subject is Cut the Scraps!
But alas, the road to ... um.... you know where ... is paved with good intentions. So, after a quick read, the books sat on my shelf and the scrap pile continued to GROW -- exponentially, it seemed.
But with my new resolve to tackle the scrap heap in 2014, my hubby volunteered to help. Bless his heart!
He's been "whittling away" at the scrap heap, armed with his rotary cutter, for a few hours each day. We now have nicely-squared scraps ranging from 2" to 5" and every 1/2" increment in between!
They're temporarily being stacked in a fruit box, but it is filling up fast. We'll soon need to transfer them to large ZipLoc bags or medium-sized clear plastic tubs, sorted by size.
I think it's fitting that the box has a halo, because Jerry is an angel for helping me manage the scraps.